was a part of the federal reserve board. and then chairman of it when the economic crisis hit us and devastated us financially and economically. he did not warn against that. >> scott brown's upset win tuesday for ted kennedy's senate seat in massachusetts isn't helping bernanke. brown rode a wave of populist anger opposing bank bail-outs along with healthcare reform. votes count more in this fight. critics plan to filibuster. it will take 60 votes to break it. senate sources say that as of today, bernanke still appeared to have more than 60 yes votes. >> he did do a very, very good job during the rescue efforts. which could have led, if they didn't happen, to the great depression. so i'm supportive of bernanke but will continue to be a strong critic of the fed in areas where i disagree. >> now supporters believe that at the end of the day, bernanke will be reconfirmed, because if not, it could rock financial markets by creating new uncertainty. that is one reason why one democrat mary landrieu of louisiana, announced late this afternoon, she will support his renomination. bret?